22 Ways To Live A Spiritual Life

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I love the energy of the full and new moon. It’s when I feel the most awakened.

Being raised in a strict Asian and Catholic family, “guilt,” “sin,” “anxiety,” “shame,” and “sacrifice” were the words that played importance in my life.  And then, I grew up and understood life a little more and to my surprise, I do not have to be a religious Catholic to be a good person. 🙂
I was very sheltered by my parents when I was young. So it cost me some great relationships, some mistakes made, and lessons learned to reach the life that I am currently living. In fact, by the time I turned 40 I was already living a spiritual life…and I did not even know it.
I truly believe an awake being is an aware being, and that is a person already living on a spiritual path.
Here are 22 ways to know if you are already living a spiritual life:
  1. You know who you are and what you want
  2. Love is the reason you exist
  3. You follow your heart and not always your head
  4. You listen to your intuition
  5. You believe in dreams coming true
  6. You love animalschildren, and nature
  7. You love inspiring others to help themselves
  8. You focus on the positives instead of the negatives
  9. You live everyday as if you may not have another day to live
  10. You love unconditionally
  11. You give freely without any expectations
  12. You live your life with only truth and nothing else
  13. You forgive easily and don’t hold grudges or resentment
  14. Your embrace your feminine and masculine energy
  15. You appreciate quality over quantity
  16. You take care of yourself – body, mind, and spirit
  17. You appreciate your alone and quiet time
  18. All your senses are heightened and awakened
  19. You engage yourself in many creative endeavors
  20. You believe that everything happens for a reason and there are no mistakes
  21. You are willing to confront your inner darkness
  22. You are constantly learning, growing, and improving yourself

Are you already living a spiritual life?

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My Nini Love teaches me the importance of keeping calm and carrying on 😘.

When Was The Last Time You Prayed?

When I was young, I wanted to be a nun.  Why?  Because I thought it was the only way to make a difference and help people.  I was overly emotional as a child and still am today, but in a more womanly manner. 🙂  If I can recall clearly, I started praying around age four and have not stopped praying since.  I came from a very Catholic family.  My father had two older sisters who were nuns and I believe he also studied in the priesthood until he met my mother. That’s how my 6 siblings and I came into this world.

St. Therese de Lisieux

This this the original picture frame that was given to me by a Carmelite nun in Vietnam when I was 7 years old.  It’s been with me since then. I even remember holding it close to my heart and praying for a big ship to come and save us while we were floating at sea for days without food and water.  It was faith and the belief in God and higher power that gave me courage.  I remember fear was nowhere within me, just strength and faith.

My patron saint is St. Therese de Lisieux, a French Carmelite nun who was enlightened by God’s words and placed love at the center of everything.  I remember my mother taking me to visit the Carmelite Convent outside of Nha Trang.  I dreamt about being old enought to enter the convent as a Carmelite nun and then help the world.  Even at that young age, I had a lot of love and compassion for the poor, the needy, the unfortunate, the crippled, the abandoned, the elderly, the strayed animals, the homeless children, the dying plants….basically anything and anyone that needs love and help.  I used to get very emotional and upset when I saw a homeless or crippled people in the streets and would ask my parents why God would le such people suffer.  My mother’s wish was to send me to the convent so I would not have to endure the challenges that life brings.  She thought I was too trusting and delicate and that people might take advantage of me. (little did she know that later in my adult years a gentleman I once dated called me “Iron fist in a velvet glove”.)

I have learned many lessons along the way to be where I am today, but one thing I can tell you is that if I did not have prayer in my everyday life, I would be a lost and lonely soul today.

Praying gave me the inner strength to endure all those difficult times my family tried to escape Vietnam, running and hiding from the Communists.  Even when we had little food and no permanent shelter, I still prayed because deep down inside, I knew it was only temporary and that God would take care of us.  And so he did!  We are all here in The States today safe, sound, and very healthy!

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After my morning prayer and meditation, I like to begin my day by reading a page from this book for  inspiration.

Although I may not be a very devoted church-going and religious Catholic today, I have never allowed God to slip away from within me.  When I pray, I feel a sense of peace and purpose for my life.  It also reduces my stress.  And when I am happy, I pray to God and I thank Him for being by my side and always watching over my family and I.  Not to mention that He also watches over Nini (my 16 year-old voluptuous chihuahua) and has blessed her with a long and healthy life, because today she is so active that people still call her a puppy. 🙂

If your life is full of stress right now, if you have not done so, try praying and meditation.  Let me know how you feel along the way.  Make sure you have faith and trust in God and the universe to bring you good and all will be alright.

Peace, Love, and Happiness…tu-anh

P.S.  If you are wondering if I still want to become a nun, the answer is NO…because I fell in love with high heels, dresses, make-up…you know, FASHION!  And even worse in College…BOYS…and now MEN! 😉